Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in the Underworld

Heaven’s overrated.
Hell is where the party’s at.

05 Oct - 28 Nov 2019

Director Emma Rice makes her ENO debut in a glitzy production that showcases her talents for theatrical spectacle and humour.

Orpheus in the Underworld transports us to a hedonistic, party-filled Underworld.

Eurydice is fooled into taking Pluto, ruler of the Underworld, as her lover after her new marriage to Orpheus is broken through tragedy. Orpheus must try to win his wife back, but to achieve the impossible he needs the help of the glamorous, conceited but rather bored gods…

Offenbach’s riotous all-singing all-dancing operetta features the popular ‘Can-can’.

Ed Lyon and Claudia Boyle are Orpheus and Eurydice with Alan Oke as John Styx and Sir Willard White as Jupiter. Joining them are ENO Harewood Artists Alex Otterburn and Idunnu Münch and former ENO Harewood Artist Mary Bevan.

Former ENO Music Director Sian Edwards (1993-95) returns to conduct.

Supported by George & Patti White and a syndicate of donors.
In association with Wise Children.

Suggested age guidance 11+

10 Evening Performances Remaining
2 Matinee Performances Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 40mins

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Pre performance talk
23 Oct 2019
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
11 Oct 2019
English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

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Creative Team

Sian Edwards


Valentina Peleggi

(Nov 1, 26, 28)

Emma Rice

Director/English book

Lizzie Clachan

Set Designer

Lez Brotherston

Costume Designer

Malcolm Rippeth

Lighting Designer

Etta Murfitt


Tom Morris

English lyrics

Matthew Monaghan

Associate Director


Ed Lyon


Claudia Boyle


Lucia Lucas

Public Opinion

Willard White


Robert Hayward

(Nov 21, 26, 28)

Alex Otterburn


Alan Oke

John Styx

Keel Watson


Idunnu Münch


Mary Bevan